My dear friend Minx(www.minkipraat.wordpress.com) inspired me to write about the late great Bob Marley.
I don’t profess to know much about him and I don’t have much, if any of his music. I heard that he had over a hundred different species of lice in is dreads when he died(I dont know whether this is true or not). I heard that he was a freedom fighter of sorts. And I know he had children.
What I do know is this. Every time I hear his music I relax a little bit. For a moment I am at ease, transported to my happy place. He was an inspiration to many people, his music is Legend, he is Legend. Strangely enough one of my favourite descriptions of this man comes from one of my favourite movies, I AM LEGEND. Starring Will Smith as a man alone in Manhattan, looking for a cure for the virus that has caused the human population to turn into zombies. His only companion a dog called Sam.
For me the most unforgettable scene in the entire movie is the Bathtub scene, where late at night, Neville(Will Smith) and his Dog Sam are lying in the bathtub, in darkness, and as the screams and yells from the creatures outside their home reach them, Neville sings Bob Marley’s words:
Singin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”
The words come from the song “Three Little Birds”.
I’m not ashamed to say that I cried at this point in the movie, like a little baby. But I think we can all relate. Man is not destined to be alone in this world, we need human interaction. We need the comeraderie, the banter and the joys, the love and all the other things that make us human, that give us a reason to live for.
When Neville explained to Anna who Bob Marley was:
He had this idea. It was kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you could cure racism and hate… literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people’s lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. When they asked him why – He said, “The people, who were trying to make this world worse… are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.”
In a small way, all of us need to light up the darkness. We can all contribute to making this a better world to live in.
We can all give our light to those around us.
The man, the legend, Bob Marley, will never die, his music lives, the spirit of his words lives within all of us.
“One love, one heart, one destiny.”
06.02.1945 – 11.05.1981
“His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation”.
P.S. I now finally know what 4:20 means